A lesbian former Chili's Grill & Bar server has claimed she was forced to leave her job at the restaurant chain following managers' comments about how she dressed while she was trying to get a promotion.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others told the Ninth Circuit Wednesday that upending a California federal judge's finding that an ex-GrubHub driver was an independent contractor and not an employee would devastate internet and gig-economy businesses that rely on independent contractors.
The Fifth Circuit has upheld a ruling that Caesar's Palace, MGM Grand and other casinos can't be sued in Texas over the suicide of a high-stakes gambler, saying the casinos' alleged practice of sending jets to Texas to bring him to gamble in Las Vegas wasn't enough to give courts in the state authority to hear the case.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced a new bill Thursday that would make sports betting legal in the state and add a new tax to already legal daily fantasy sports sites, proposals stemming from last year’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision giving states the ability to legalize sports wagering.
The Department of Justice has officially declared a 90-day grace period for online gambling businesses to comply with an abrupt change in its interpretation of the Wire Act, which bucked previous guidance and found that all non-sports interstate gambling runs afoul of the law.
The U.S. General Services Administration wrongly failed to consider potential constitutional violations when it looked into a possible breach of the lease for the federal building in Washington, D.C., that is now the Trump International Hotel, resulting in continued uncertainty over the lease, a GSA watchdog said Wednesday.
Two Wyndham companies beat a proposed class claim that their websites violate New Jersey’s Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act, after a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Wednesday the lead plaintiff didn’t meet the law’s definition of an “aggrieved consumer.”
The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians and a member have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an Eleventh Circuit decision that the member owes taxes on tribal payments the federal government contended were derived from casino revenue.
A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the North Dakota Legislature that would create a pathway for American Indian tribes in the state to introduce tobacco, alcohol and state gross receipts taxes for purchases made on reservations.
A dormitory services company's unfair treatment suit against the U.S. government slowed to a crawl in the Court of Federal Claims when the presiding judge asked the parties whether she should stay the case in light of an appropriations lapse due to the government shutdown.
Two boat companies that had fought for years over claims they infringed each other's trademarks found out from a Delaware federal jury Wednesday that their entire fight was for nothing — no one's trademarks were infringed at all.
The chief of the Pamunkey Indian tribe of Virginia has said new bills in the state Legislature would allow the tribe to take part in the race to build commercial casinos in the state, in a bid to keep the tribe from losing ground while it pursues the traditional tribal gambling track.
A Miami-area medical spa was hit with a putative class action Wednesday in Florida federal court, alleging that it sent unwanted telemarketing text messages, in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Atlas Brew Works LLC hit the federal government with a First Amendment complaint in D.C. federal court Tuesday, challenging a law that requires beer sellers to have their labels approved by the Federal Alcohol Administration, which it hasn't been doing because of the shutdown.
The European Union Intellectual Property Office has revoked McDonald's International Property Company Ltd.’s EU trademark for the term Big Mac, finding that it was not being put to genuine use, after it was challenged by an Irish fast-food chain called Supermac’s, according to documents filed by the EUIPO Tuesday.
The National Labor Relations Board general counsel’s office unveiled a trio of advice memorandums on Monday, finding in one that an energy company could start enforcing a nonsolicitation clause that prevented subcontractors from hiring its workers for six months without first bargaining with the union that represented them.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will review an IBM Corp. e-commerce patent challenged by a group of travel websites, rejecting Tuesday the argument that it should deny the petition in light of a recent jury verdict against Groupon Inc. in a $57 million infringement dispute.
Clifford Chance US LLP, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA, Blank Rome LLP and Greenberg Traurig LLP were among various law firms that made real estate, construction or hospitality hires over the past month.
Sports betting in New Jersey totaled $1.25 billion in wagers in 2018, a year that saw it become legal in the Garden State, with tax revenues totaling just over $10 million and revenues for operators coming in at $94 million since June, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced.
Attorneys for timeshare owners locked in a lawsuit against Marriott Vacations over an alleged drop in the value of their properties asked for more than $200,000 in fees and expenses Monday after a Colorado federal magistrate judge sanctioned Marriott for a delay in turning over critical documents.
The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.
Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.
Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.
Recent court decisions and regulatory actions indicate that the employee tip credit landscape appears to be in flux. Elizabeth Arnold and Chester Hanvey of Berkeley Research Group LLC examine scientifically based methodologies used to determine how employees spend their time and to identify time spent on “tippable” work.
President Donald Trump’s approach to crisis communications has changed the game enough to demand companies' consideration of a whole new set of options. John Hellerman of Hellerman Communications and Bill Pittard of KaiserDillon PLLC discuss whether corporations can successfully use similar tactics.
In a country with an increasingly diverse population of consumers, becoming known as a store that treats minority customers poorly is a surefire way to lose business. Retailers need to understand how these claims can come about in order to prevent the underlying issues, says Edward Harold of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.
Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.
Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.